Kate Ayoub PROGRAM COACH
Kate joined the DC Tri Club in 2015. She had been an NTP co-lead and is now the NTP coach. Kate has raced all distances from a Sprint to a Half Ironman with plans for a full Ironman in 2017. When Kate is not training, she works as a physical therapist and enjoys cooking, traveling and long bike rides.
Jennifer Cunningham PROGRAM MANAGER
Jenny joined the NTP program in 2016 looking for a new challenge after retiring from a college swimming career. Jenny completed her first triathlon in high school and has completed three additional sprint triathlons in the last couple of years. In addition to being the NTP Program Manager, Jenny also coaches for the DC Tri Masters Swim Program. Jenny works in Education Technology and enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking in her spare time.
Mark Raugust SOCIAL DIGITAL COORDINATOR
Returning NTP Coordinator Mark Raugust joined the DC Tri Club in 2012 as part of the NTP program. Prior to taking up triathlons Mark was an avid cyclist and trained martial arts for 10 years. Mark has completed all distances of triathlon including a full Ironman. Mark also leads the DC Tri Winter Marathon Training Group. When not training Mark cooks and does consular work for the U.S. government.
Alex Shiroma CLINICS COORDINATOR
Alex joined the DC Tri Club as part of the 2013 NTP class. He was looking for a reason to get back into the pool and start swimming again and had recently started cycling with friends; he thought triathlons could be that reason. He has raced several Sprint races and looks forward to tackling the Olympic distance. When he is not training, Alex is an IT Consultant for the federal government and enjoys snowboarding, auto racing, traveling, and good food.
Kyoko Kawai GROUP WORKOUT OORDINATOR
Kyoko joined the DC Tri Club in 2011 as a member of NTP. After she completed her first triathlon, she has raced every distance, including Ironman Lake Placid in 2013 and Ironman Mount Tremblant in 2014. She believes that the NTP provided her a solid foundation to enjoy and face the challenges of triathlon training and races. She wants to serve as a Coordinate of NTP to give back to the program. When she has time off from triathlons, she likes to be on the water and compete in sailing races.
Erika Harris EVENTS COORDINATOR
Erika joined DC Tri Club as part of the 2017 NTP class. In the past year, she’s completed super sprints and Olympic distance races, including the Age Group Nationals Championships in Omaha last August. This year she is preparing for her first full marathon and a half-Ironman. When she’s not training, she’s working as an elementary school paraeducator, or designing and constructing custom costumes and jewelry.
David Payne MASTERS SWIM LIAISON
David has been doing triathlon since joining NTP in January 2011. What was supposed to be a one-off triathlon race has turned into four seasons, races, and distances ranging from Sprint to Ironman. He became a NTP Coordinator because he loves to bring newbies to the sport and to share with them the high of racing his non-triathlon friends refer to as “more expensive than a drug habit”. You can often catch David running on the Sligo Creek Trail or at Wilson Aquatic Center swimming or on deck as one of the DC Tri Club Masters Swim Program coaches.
Kelly Lefler ELITE TEAM LIAISON
Kelly joined the DC Tri Club in 2015 and has been racing triathlons since 2011. She has raced all distances (in one season, too!) and is trying to race in every state. She loves sharing her joy for the sport, and in 2016, mentored with the NTP. This is her second year serving as Elite Team Liaison for the NTP. When taking a break from training, Kelly enjoys cooking and eating, traveling, and works as an analyst for the federal government.
Christina Kachulis PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Christina joined NTP and the DC Tri Club in 2016 looking for a fun and active community to be a part of in DC. She found what she was looking for, completing 4 sprint triathlons in the 2016 season, attending numerous training events, and becoming a Coordinator for NTP. This season, Christina is excited to train for her first Olympic distance triathlons and looks forward to working with new triathletes. Outside of triathlon, Christina works as a nurse at a community health clinic, enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, and watching bad TV.